Tony Hales, current Chair of British Waterways, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Transition Trustees of the new waterways charity following the recommendation of an independent advisory panel.
Defra is consulting on plans for the new charity which - subject to parliamentary approval - will from April 2012 take over and run the publicly-owned inland waterways in England and Wales that are currently managed by British Waterways.
Other appointed Transition Trustees are: Nigel Hugill and John Bridgeman of the British Waterways Board; Lynne Berry, Chief Executive, WRVS; Jane Cotton, Human Resources Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Oxfam; John Dodwell, former Chair, Commercial Boat Operators Association; Tom Franklin, Chief Executive, Ramblers; and Simon Thurley, Chief Executive, English Heritage.
Transition Trustees will be the founding Trustee Directors of a new company which will in turn become the new waterways charity.
The consultation, outlining plans to move inland waterways into a new charity in England and Wales, can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/03/30/waterways-1103/.
Transitional Trustees are not public appointments but the appointments process was undertaken in line with OCPA (Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments) best practice and all appointments were made on merit. Transition Trustees are expected to devote three to four days per month to their role during the transition period until British Waterways’ duties, functions and assets are transferred to the new charity. Following that it is anticipated their time is likely to reduce to two days a month. There will be no remuneration, Transition Trustees will be entitled to claim reasonable expenses related to their duties.
Further information about the Transition Trustees can be found at www.britishwaterways.co.uk/home.
The inland waterways managed by the Environment Agency will transfer to the new waterways charity from 2015/16, subject to the next spending review and the agreement of the charity’s trustees.